HENRY THOMAS SCHAFER
The English painter, Henry Thomas Schafer was the son of a London tailor, Adam Schaefer, who originally came to England from Waldeck in Germany. Schafer lived in north London throughout his life and was a renowned painter, sculptor and also worked as a picture restorer.
Schafer is best known as a genre, figure and still life painter, who predominantly painted young ladies in mythological guise or in timeless draperies rather than the fashions of the day. This classically inspired style of figurative painting is much indebted to Schafer’s artistic education under Raphael Pinti, but also shows a distinct influence of the mythological paintings of French Neo-Classical artists, such as Ingres.
Schafer exhibited both paintings and sculptures at the Royal Academy Exhibition throughout his career, and also exhibited at the Royal Scottish Academy and at the Royal Society of British Artists.